Hey Everyone. Pat Perez checking in from the road. Welcome to my blog.
A quick note of thanks to GolfChannel.com for contacting us to do this. The whole 'blogging' thing is still kind of new to me, but I've had a lot of fun with it these past few months and appreciate the opportunity here.
The first time I played their event was 2003 -- my second year on the Tour. I played the Masters that year and after Sunday's round my bud John Daly swung through Augusta to pick me up on his bus and I rode with him straight into the House of Blues parking lot that evening and went straight to the party. Hopefully in 2007 I'll make the trek from Augusta to Myrtle again instead of heading there from my home in Scottsdale.
Monday After the Masters was solid, as always. I landed in Myrtle Beach on Sunday evening and caught up with everyone to watch the end of the Masters. Took in the final few holes with Daly as well as my bud Scotty Phillips (drummer for Alter Bridge, formerly of Creed) and country singer Steve Azar. Both great guys. The Masters provided a ton of drama again this year, but as I said earlier - I want to be in the thick of that next year, not watching on the tube. If I keep playing like I am right now, I should be back there in 2007.
Hootie had their live auction on Sunday night so I swung by there with the crew. I think Daly bought a Hootie van or something. Not 100% sure how that played out. I'll get the whole story and write about it in an upcoming column. Hung out with all the guys that night and the gathering moved back to the bus where Steve Azar picked up JD's guitar and entertained everyone. That's the best. Anytime one of these guys rolls by the bus, a concert always breaks out. I've been fortunate enough to see Hootie, Sister Hazel, Queensryche, Fuel, Bret Michaels and a ton of other musicians on the bus just jamming away and putting on a show.
Monday morning was the actual tourney and I was paired up with Steve. I was originally supposed to play with Scotty (Phillips) but had a blast with Steve. We were terrible out there, but better to get that bad round out of the way on Monday as opposed to Thursday through Sunday. Thankfully the goal at charity tourneys is to have fun, and that we did.
Showered up and hit the concert that evening. As always, the boys from Hootie delivered. They put out a new CD last fall -- Looking For Lucky -- so it was the first time I got to see them do all their new tunes. The latest CD is solid. If you dont have it yet, pick it up. I think its their best stuff since Cracked Rear View (their 1994 debut).
Par for the course, Daly got on stage midway through the set and entertained the crowd with his rendition of Bob Dylans classic Knockin On Heavens Door. I think its the only song he knows all the way through, but the fans definitely eat it up. Every time he plays it, he rips the roof off the joint.
All that brings me to my arrival in Hilton Head yesterday and this weeks Verizon Heritage.
I had the past two weeks off and, while it was great to be home, Im ready to get back to business. I started the season playing six straight -- from the Sony through the Nissan -- took two weeks off and then played all four Florida tourneys. The Sunshine State swing proved to be beneficial, as I finished 12th at the Honda and T-3 at the PLAYERS Championship a few weeks back.
Editor's Note: Following a terrific start that saw him shoot 3-under
on his front nine, Pat Perez withdrew from the Verizon Heritage on the
14th hole due to an elbow injury.
Hopefully a first-place finish is in the cards over the coming weeks. Everything in my game is coming together nicely. My long-time coach Michael Owen was in Scottsdale last week working with me on my backswing. Were trying to get it flatter up top, allowing me to get inside on the ball and keeping the club on the plane longer. The result will help me keep it straighter, and hopefully the little things like that will be the difference between third place and first.
After Hilton Head, its off to Texas for the Shell Houston Open. Ive only played that tourney twice and never made the cut, but I have a feeling good things are in store for this year. After that, its back home to Scottsdale for a quick off week and then Im headed to North Carolina for the Wachovia Championship.
I think Im playing four in a row starting there, so looking forward to heading home again. I just bought my second motorcycle and I havent even gotten to ride it yet. It was delivered on Monday when I was in Myrtle Beach. My bud John Shope of SSinister Choppers in Beavercreek, Ore., custom built it to look like a California Highway Patrol bike. Ill make sure to blog about that when I finally get to ride it.
Until then, its time to get back to work. The Verizon Heritage kicks off Thursday and I have an 8:41 a.m. ET tee time.
Check back next week for more and thanks for stopping by ' Double P.
Pat Perez is in the midst of his fifth season on the PGA Tour. 'Double P' earned his PGA Tour card as the Q-School Medalist in 2001 and was part of the 1996 NCAA National Championship golf team at Arizona State University. Visit Pat at his website www.patperezgolf.com